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Youth Services Fundraiser at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club

Sally Bentley, Valerie Oakley and Karen Dulaney
Sally Bentley, Valerie Oakley and Karen Dulaney




Nichols Hills—Back by popular demand, Youth Services for Oklahoma County, Inc. (YSOC) will feature Vince Vance and the Valiants at this year’s “Function for the Junction: Magic Carpet Ride.” The annual fundraiser and silent auction will be held at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, Saturday, April 9, 2005, at 7:30 p.m.

            The “Function for the Junction” generates financial support for the recently-built Family Junction Youth Shelter, a home-away-from-home for troubled teens.

Co-Chairs Sally Bentley and Valerie Oakley anticipate this year’s event to be even bigger and better than last year’s, which raised almost $30,000.

“I’m proud of our community’s involvement in the past, but I am anticipating an overflow crowd this year,” said Bentley. She also mentioned that Nichols Hills residents and vendors have always been very generous in donating the auction items, which, combined with the entertainment and vibrant atmosphere, certainly add up to a good time.

The Co-chairs anticipate over 60 items will be auctioned, including original works of art, oriental rugs, furniture and even puppies. Additional auction items include a sunset dinner sail on Lake Hefner, a murder mystery dinner, a 3-day/3-night stay—air travel included—at a private condo in Las Vegas, and a Barry Switzer autographed football and cap.

“Everyone will have such a great time, and Vince really gets the crowd moving,” said Oakley. “He will have you up on stage singing and dancing before you know it!”

Vince Vance and the Valiants, one of America’s top entertainers, are known for their fun, interactive entertainment style and seem to fit in well with this year’s exotic theme “Magic Carpet Ride”, according to Oakley. Although he has performed nearly 6,000 shows in 13 countries and 34 states, Vince Vance is best known for writing the number-one requested song during Christmas, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” He recently performed at the Louisiana Ball during the Presidential Inauguration.

The Family Junction provides temporary accommodations for up to 18 youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who need temporary out-of-home care. The 24-hour shelter provides a safe environment for runaways, abuse victims and youth needing an alternative to detention for nonviolent delinquent behavior. Moneys raised at this year’s event will help to provide quality services to several hundred youth over the coming year.

            “We have been helping youth and families in our community for more than 30 years,” said Ken Young, CEO of YSOC. “What better way to reach out and help our community than this?”

Youth Services for Oklahoma County, Inc. is a not-for-profit community organization that advocates, educates, intervenes and counsels youth and families to make a positive difference in their lives. Established in 1972 by a group of visionary leaders, Youth Services for Oklahoma County, Inc. continues to positively impact the lives of thousands of children and families in Oklahoma County each year. For more information, contact YSOC at 235-7537.


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